£925,000 '˜cottage' home hides a big secret

Monday, 1st October 2018, 2:49 pm
Updated Monday, 1st October 2018, 4:00 pm

Auckland Lodge, Auckland Road East, Southsea - Guide price: £925,00

Appearances can be deceptive and probably never more so than when viewing Auckland Lodge in Southsea.

From the road it appears to be a small cottage but the neo-Gothic front door opens to reveal a split-level hallway that is the entrance to a substantial house with five bedrooms.

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With two levels to the front and three to the rear, there was plenty of scope to create additional space at the property, at the end of Auckland Road East and just round the corner from Southsea Common and the Seafront.

Separate dining and sitting rooms flank the hallway to the front, the dining room with a bay window to the side and the sitting room connecting through double doors to a large games room with large south-facing windows to the front and sliding glazed doors at the rear to access a patio area immediately outside where steps and railings lead to a roof terrace above the utility room that has an outlook over the raised shingled garden that’s attractively laid out with flower borders and shrubs, a raised fish pond, and L-shaped flower beds.

Steps in both the hallway and dining room lead down to the lower level of the ground floor, home to the kitchen and study either side of the rear lobby. The kitchen furnishings reflect the cottage style of the property but hide an integrated dishwasher and pull-out larder unit.

The first floor offers four very well proportioned double bedrooms, all with storage and served by a family bathroom. The stairs continue to the second floor, home to the master bedroom with its en-suite boasting both a bath and large shower cubicle.

As well as enjoying the Seafront as a near neighbour, Palmerston Road with its important shopping area is at the other end of Auckland Road East and there’s also a selection of good schools in the area.

Guide price - £925,000

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